Stress is common and isn’t always a bad thing. Feeling a little stressed about a work deadline may provide you with the motivation you need to get it done. However, when stress is chronic or causes you to lose focus, then you may benefit from stress management. Daniela Gerard, MD, PhD, at Wyoming Medical Wellness Center in Gillette, Wyoming, is a functional medicine physician and can develop a comprehensive stress management program to improve health and wellbeing. Call the office, or book an appointment online to learn more.
Stress is a normal reaction to an unexpected event and a normal part of your everyday life. When you experience stress, your body has an emotional, mental, and physical response. Your body, environment, and thoughts can all serve as sources of stress, and the stress can be positive or negative.
When you experience stress, your body’s autonomic system kicks in to send out various hormones that make you more alert and responsive, so you can handle the stress. However, when you experience stress on a chronic basis, it can over tax your autonomic system and take a physical and emotional toll on your body.
Stress is bad when it starts to affect your physical and mental health. Signs that you’re experiencing chronic stress include:
Stress is also bad when you use substances or behaviors to help you manage your stress, such as alcohol or food, which may further compound the effects of stress on your body.
Stress management refers to the various techniques used to help you regain control over your life and the chronic stress reaction. Dr. Gerard specializes in functional medicine and understands the ramifications stress has on physical and emotional wellbeing. When you come in for an evaluation, she conducts a comprehensive exam to get to the root cause of your health issue or concern.
During your evaluation, she asks in-depth questions about your medical and family history, lifestyle and habits, and diet and exercise. She also conducts a physical exam and may request blood work to further assess your health.
Dr. Gerard takes a functional approach to stress management. She utilizes a number of tools to help lower your stress and improve your health. Your stress management treatment plan may include:
Dr. Gerard also offers counseling, including online counseling, to help you better understand the connection between your chronic stress and health issues.
Stress is part of your everyday life, but chronic stress can leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained. For stress management from a compassionate physician, contact Wyoming Medical Wellness Center by phone or online today.